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Coheed and Cambria Frontman Explains How Wife’s Loss Helped Inspire Concept for "The Afterman"

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/CoheedAndCambria (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/CoheedAndCambria (via ABC News Radio)

Last month, Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez revealed that the concept for the band's double album, The Afterman , was inspired by the death of his wife’s close friend.  Now, the singer says that his wife’s reaction to the tragic loss also helped influence the album’s title track and songwriting process.

“One day in Florida, my wife and I, we were out on a boat and we didn’t have any cell [phone] reception,” Sanchez tells ABC News Radio.  “When we got home she found that a good friend of hers had passed away and so that moment kind of inspired the song and that song inspired what the concept would be.  There are lines in [“The Afterman”] that are like almost direct quotes of things my wife had said as she was going through the grieving period.”

Sanchez added that the decision to release a double album was based upon very specific criteria.  “I didn’t just want to do a double album because we had enough material to do one,” he explains.  “For me, being a comic book author, one of the things that are kind of part of that process is the cliffhanger, leaving the listener wanting more.  And I thought I really kind of posed that sonic cliffhanger with [ The Afterman: ] Ascension so it’s kind of why we split them up in two.”

While The Afterman: Ascension was released on Tuesday, you'll need to wait a few months to get your hands on the band’s second installment, The Afterman: Descension .  That album is slated to arrive in stores sometime in February 2013.

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